MetalBite Review by Brian on 1/31/2014
By 1986 Omen
had cemented themselves within the American metal scene. Their 1984 debut Battle Cry
is considered a U.S. power metal classic and the 1985 follow up Warning Of Danger
continued their dominance in the genre. At this time the metal world was going through a transitional phase from the NWOBHM to the thrash movement. There was very little room for USPM to flourish and it seemed to be gone before it ever got off the ground. Only a handful of bands had any real success in the genre. Fates Warning
, Jag Panzer
and Manilla Road
along side Omen
were basically what the U.S, offered the power metal scene. Yes there are a few others that could be mentioned, but to this writers ears these five were the most important.
1986's The Curse
completed the trifecta of great releases from the band. In typical Omen
fashion, the album contains its faster tunes. The title track, "Kill On Sight" and "S.R.B". It's slower, doom inspired song like "Eye Of The Storm" and of course the epic mid-paced classic and albums best track "Teeth Of The Hydra". Kenny Powell plays the fantastic Maiden
inspired riffs which prove to be perfect for the late J.D. Kimball's vocal performance. Kimball's vocals are excellent, keeping to a lower to mid range and never going to the traditional falsetto vocal approach of many of the power metal bands.
Although not their crowning achievement, The Curse
is an extremely solid effort. The lavish guitar melodies and soaring vocals are some of the best in all of power metal. Kimball's incredibly catchy choruses draw the listener in and keep them interested. The Curse
is the final album to feature vocalist J.D. Kimball and the last great Omen
have solidified themselves as one of the best USPM acts and The Curse
still holds up today and marks the end of an era for the band.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8 out of 10